What I found

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What I found

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What I found is below,

out-of-sequence with the sun’s

touch and possibilities,

is past redemption,

is in my gut, collapsing the core

of my sanity.

What I found is old, like the beginning

of cell growth, like the first imagination.

What I know is that it always wins,

in the settling moments, in the quiet

of a noonday stare.

What I feel is removed, blocked off by shadows –

a thousand years behind me.

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Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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.First published in “1947: a literary journal” April 2017

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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The struggle of water

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The struggle of water

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The wave takes

those under the drip-drain dream,

it carries them here

where language is clearer

but hope has died.

On the edge it tosses them –

from garbage pail to garbage pail,

a thousand miles sleeping.

It reforms without stealing – but not

 

without a price.

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Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Peregrine Muse” December 2016

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Gifted

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Gifted

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Thrown into isolation – no need

for bread or even the gifts of summer.

That is all inside you – the Chinaglass dream

tarnished from age – the towering clouds,

never far enough to reach – the daughters

of loveless affection – the painted

patriarch of absolute control.

 

Your face has weaved a wonder

that the piled-up tissues of time cannot

obscure. For you, hope is

beautiful. To join is to be

elevated. But these acts are too large

for your darkness, too full of God to ever

own you with anything but longing.

 

In this way, you are modern,

destroyed by what you name sacred, diamond

but lacking all shine.

 

In this way, you are gorgeous, guided by

an obvious morality yet struggling with the sly and unholy –

lightning-struck with an anger that will never free you,

reaching out

beyond yourself for what

even angels are denied.

 

 

Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Peregrine Muse” December 2016

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https://sites.google.com/site/theperegrinemuseii/home/grayhurst

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Thunder To Cross

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Thunder To Cross

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I fell, without colour, separated

from purpose – a delight to the

violence of mediocrity.

This character I have seen form

is on exhibition, it has gained

sanity but lost its genius.

The burning bodies of grief

lingering from house to house.

Pollution put under the tongue like cyanide.

I wore that slipper. I left what I held sacred

for a more tangible condition.

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Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Peregrine Muse” December 2016

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https://sites.google.com/site/theperegrinemuseii/home/grayhurst

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Promises

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Promises

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When the end that was supposed to be

defuses its eventuality

and my belly is maimed by fear,

I will wait, nose to the floor.

 

Sparkles on my fingers and thumbs,

a tingling caressing my spine – mercy will be mine.

For in this dark place I am still owned by the light.

The torn shirt and the broken boots are only glass

under my foot that must penetrate

before they can be nicked and thrown aside.

 

I cry but I will not be crushed, for I have all

who I love secure by my side.

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Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Peregrine Muse” December 2016

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https://sites.google.com/site/theperegrinemuseii/home/grayhurst

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

..

“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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After this

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After this

there is no other.

There will be the curtain charred

by deliberate fire.

There will be the food stomped

between floorboards and the

smile of faint sardonic recognition

at all the repulsive and petty senselessness

that lurks beside every phone call.

But there won’t be the hanging around,

or the deep dive into a suicidal quagmire.

After this, the energy stops

going where the devil leads,

going under the beams of sun

pulling flowers from the garden

at rapid speed and cursing the air around me.

After this, I can outlive any black star.

 

 

Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Peregrine Muse” December 2016

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https://sites.google.com/site/theperegrinemuseii/home/grayhurst

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

..

“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Airtight

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Airtight

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Trouble is tearing

across rooftops,

and the one thing left to count on

is tainted by self-righteous conviction.

The blue in the sky is burnt.

The answer that arrives is conspicuous

and truth sits on the post unable

to touch ground on either side.

Abiding in power, abiding in

religious hate – all the gates of evil

are unlatched and the songbird lies

flat, stiff-legged on its side like

a mutated lullaby. What is called love is squishy,

retractable and never a priority.

Trouble is full and always filling

the cracks in every open seam.

What is called good gets its name

from the TV screen and the golden-calf-god

of hip.

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Copyright © 2006 by Allison Grayhurst

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amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

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First published in “The Peregrine Muse” December 2016

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https://sites.google.com/site/theperegrinemuseii/home/grayhurst

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

..

“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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